Carmen Sybesma

Carmen Sybesma, age 34 of Sanborn, passed away at her residence in Sanborn on January 10th.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, January 15th at 11:00 a.m. at the Christian Reformed Church in Sanborn.  Rev. Greg Dyk will be officiating.

Visitation will be held on Monday, January 14th from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Christian Reformed Church in Sanborn with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. A private family burial will be held at Roseland Cemetery in Sanborn. In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family requests memorials be given to Carmen’s four children.

The Sanborn Funeral Home in Sanborn is handling the arrangements for Carmen Sybesma of Sanborn.


Wendell Helmers

Wendell L. Helmers, age 82, of Sibley, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley, Iowa.

Memorial Services will be Monday, January 14, 2013 at 10:30 A.M. at the First Presbyterian Church in Sibley. Rev. Terry Simm and Rev. Brian Schafer officiating. Burial of cremains to follow at Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be Sunday, January 13 from 2:00 to 6:00 P.M. with the family present from 2:00 to 5:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home in Sibley.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to www.andringafuneralhome.com

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley in charge of arrangements for Wendell L. Helmers.


David W. Rohwer

DSC00154David W. Rohwer, age 60 of Marcus, IA, passed away Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at the Heartland Care Center in Marcus.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the Grace United Methodist Church in Marcus. Pastor Ron Rice will officiate. Burial will take place at a later date.

Visitation will begin at 2:00 P.M. Friday, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 P.M. at the Grace United Methodist Church in Marcus. The Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Marcus is in assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.greenwoodfuneral.com.

David William Rohwer, the son of Richard and Lois (Phipps) Rohwer, was born in Cherokee, Iowa on December 8, 1952. He was baptized in 1952, and confirmed in 1966. His childhood years were spent in northwest Iowa. He attended school in Sheldon, Iowa, and graduated with the class of 1971. He received training in auto repair from NCC in Sheldon.

In 1972, Dave was drafted into the U.S. Army. Since the Viet Nam conflict was nearing its end, he was fortunate enough not have to go to Viet Nam, but was, instead, stationed in Alaska for two years in the Army Corps of Engineers. After moving back from Alaska, Dave returned to Primghar, Iowa where he ran Dave’s Electric. A few years later he joined the City of Primghar’s Municipal Utilities, working as a journeyman power lineman.

On August 26, 1977, he was united in marriage to Sandy Schoof. They lived in the Primghar area until 1985. On August 13, 1981 Sandy gave birth to their son, Ryan Rohwer. Starting in 1985, the family spent the next 15 years in Sanborn where Dave worked for the city as a power lineman and cable TV technician. During this time he was integral in establishing the cable TV system for the city of Sanborn. In 2000 he went to work as lead cable technician for WesTel Systems in Marcus—a position he held until his accident in June 2012.

No matter where he called home, Dave enjoyed being involved in the community—whether it was a church board, library board, city council, Jaycees or the local fire department. He loved to go camping and fishing with his family and his friends. He took great pride in working outside in his yard.

Dave passed away on Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at the Heartland Care Center in Marcus, Iowa, at the age of 60. He was preceded in death by his mother, his father-in-law, Leonard Schoof, brother-in-law, Mark Langholz, and his beloved canine companion, Maggie.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy; son Ryan and his girlfriend, Katie Carver of Ft. Wayne, IN; his father, Richard Rohwer of Cherokee; his siblings: Dean (Val) Rohwer of Sutherland, IA, Donna (Gerard) Kohn of Cherokee, IA, Danette (Brian) Cooper of Monmouth, IL, and Dianne (Randy) Hogan of Sanborn, IA; his mother-in-law, Naoma Schoof of Sanborn, IA; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Sharon (Greg) Fritzsche, Sue Langholz, Steve (Cheryl) Schoof, and Sherry (Lyle) Tifft; his little dog, Zoe; nieces, nephews, other relatives and so many friends.


William Doppenberg

William Doppenberg, age 101, of Orange City, passed away on Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at the Orange City Area Health System Long Term Care Facility.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, January 12, at 10:30am, at the First Reformed Church Chapel in Orange City. The Rev. Mark Haverdink will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. There will be a prayer service on Saturday, at 9:30am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Visitation will be after 5:00pm on Friday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at the funeral home.


John Gesink

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Mr. John Gesink, age 70, of Orange City, passed away on Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at the Orange City Area Health System Hospital.

There will be a memorial service on Wednesday, January 16, at 10:30am, at the Redeemer United Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Todd De Rooy will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. There will be a prayer service on Wednesday, at 9:30am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Tuesday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at the funeral home.


Jim Habben

James “Jim” Habben, age 71, of Ashton, Iowa, passed away on Monday, January 7, 2012 at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Funeral Services will be Friday, January 11, 2013 at 10:30 A.M. at the First Christian Reformed Church in Sheldon. Rev. Luke Wynja officiating. Burial in East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon.

Visitation will be Thursday, January 10 from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in Sheldon.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to www.andringafuneralhome.com

The Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service of Sheldon in charge of arrangements for James Habben.